It's funny how as bad as this team seems to be tanking, they are still good enough to be a half game back in the standings and have been right there at the top all year so far. What ever Donny has done so far, IMO, is still a learning experience for him so, I'm willing to give him a pass for now. Some people think he's to passive and doesn't want to pi*ss off his players when he has to make a decision in a game. I have not really seen this as, many tmes, moves to take out the pitcher noticeably, pis*ses them off.
The other thing about Donny is when he visits the mound and asks the pitcher if he 's OK, they always say they're good and Donny let's them stay. When they blow up afterwards, he pulls 'em. The next time this happens though, I believe Donny will just pull him and put in #2, as it were. For example, I believe the next time Harang pitches and does his usual 5th inning thing, I believe Donny will just pull him like everybody on here wants him to do. He'll use past experience as his guide, just like everybody else does in decision making. You can only take confidence so far in anything. Aside from that, you won't get many people to agree with a managers decision or indecision no matter who is managing. Everybody has a better decision ALL the time. 8)
"... Often he allows pitchers to stay in a game waaaay too long..."
Right. Donnie should be quicker to pull his starting pitchers, that way instead of complaining about how he lets his pitchers stay out too long, we can complain, instead, about how Donnie burns out his bullpens.
<<How long are we willing to watch Mattingly mis-manage the Dodgers?>>
Wasn't aware we had a say in the matter. What's your time limit?
If I had told you in the beginning of the year that by game #116 of the season Matt Kemp would have only played in 54 and Mark Ellis only 59, your #1 and #2 starters would only have 14 wins between them, your #3 starter would have only had 8 starts, your starting 1B and 3B would have 4HRs and 45 RBI between them, would you believe the team would be .5 out of 1st place?
Mattingley must be doing something right - he's the least of this teams problems. I hope he's too busy to spend time reading this message board.
LOL i was thinking the same thing. people complained about "clueless Joe" burning out the bullpen by pulling pitchers to quickly, and now people are complaining about the exact opposite with Mattingly... smh
anyways i think Mattingly is doing a great job.
I think anyone can understand the frustration, but runs are going to be given up in most games. For most 4/5 pitchers, you just hope they keep you in the game and don't let it get out of control.
But take Bills vs. the Cubs, for example. He started getting in to trouble in, what, the 6th inning? He walked Soriano, then gave up a hit. But Donnie stayed with him, and Bills pitched himself out of the trouble and preserved the BP another 2 innings.
But no one will remember that, because no one remembers those parts. But they will have remembered if Chad had given up a 3-run bomb.
But if Donnie had pulled Chad, and the reliever had given up the 3-run bomb, people would have blamed Donnie.
It really doesn't matter, I guess. Haters will find excuses to hate.